An interest in food caused me to throw myself into this in the first place. It is the nicest thing at Losæter. We get the opportunity to do food in all its dimensions and aspects. Both art and food have several layers, including food culture in relation to traditions and new trends as well as all the social aspects created by humans sitting down and eating together.
There are countless groups, organisations, and people, old and young who have been here and who are connected to the project.
There are many who come back, especially on Wednesdays when we have these open working days. It makes me so incredibly happy to see a community that has understood the point of really playing with raw materials. I observe and interfere in things as little as possible, and what I experience is that people become happier when they come around here. It's a kind of a community, as well as a new kind of recreation.
It is also a symbol here; people work for free but they get a fantastic food experience, also they can bring some extra food back home from time to time.
There is a feeling that people really value it and make new friends and it is constantly implied that this is also a place of knowledge.
There are paintings of this area when it was farmland. You understand what kind of area Oslo was before it became a city. You see fantastic areas; fine agricultural land, river deltas, several rivers...an oasis! Since then the trend has headed in a difference direction. It became a quantity mindset instead of a quality mindset with regards to food culture in Norway after WWII.
We have tremendously good quality food Norway with regards to what we produce. So there is no reason why we cannot produce better cheese than France and Italy - we have equally good milk. More and more people are getting interested in the aspect of eating food for enjoyment - it's good to eat!
Each district in Oslo can have a city-farm/local food production project or area to plant vegetables and fruit. I don't see any reason at all that it wouldn't work very well.
It also coincides with the time we are living in, where the private car traffic and logistics in the city are also changing. Looking at this changing context you can start to imagine many interesting possibilities of what Oslo could actually look like within food production and from a cultural perspective.
I want to think that at Losæter we have not been so afraid of what we call weeds or that the lines are not so straight. We have been able to play with other frameworks that have made it much freer. Also, the art aspect of the project helps a lot. For example, we can make mistakes and triumphs - Failure is art's task in a way.
Losæter has as many things that an art object rarely has. I can't see anything else but that this is a fantastic work of art made by many. It engages on so many levels. It is beautiful. It is understandable. It tastes good. It is healthy. It's future oriented. It has everything that art should have.
We have for a long time been a bunch of artists here in the wealthy Nordic countries who in someway have lost purpose and meaning with what the nature of art is. But art is to comment on culture and society, and the spirit of the times. I can't see anything else but that this is a fantastic work of art made by many.
Øystein Hvamen Rasmussen is born in Oslo and educated as a professional jazz-musician. For a few years back he together with family decided to move from Oslo to Värmland, Sweden. Where they started from scratch to established a classic semi self-sufficient small farm. In the beginning of 2019 he got offered the job as the town farmer of Losæter and he realised that this was the perfect mix of art, cultivation, food and people.
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